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FDA Expands Indication For Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Synjardy (Empagliflozin/Metformin Hydrochloride) To Include Treatment-Naïve Adults

Posted 22 Jul 2016 by

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., and INDIANAPOLIS, July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an expanded indication for Synjardy (empagliflozin and metformin hydrochloride) tablets to include treatment-naïve adults with type 2 diabetes (T2D). Synjardy, from Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY), is indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with T2D when treatment with both empagliflozin and metformin is appropriate. Synjardy is a combination of empagliflozin (Jardiance) and metformin — two medicines with complementary mechanisms of action — to help control blood glucose in adults with T2D. Empagliflozin, a sodium glucose co-transporter-2 inhibitor, removes excess glucose through the urine by blocking glucose re-absorption in the kidney. Metformin, a commonly prescribed initial treatment for T2D, lowe ... Read more

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Living Past 90 Doesn't Doom You to Disease, Disability

Posted 21 Jul 2016 by

THURSDAY, July 20, 2016 – What if you could live well into your 90s and still be in good health? A new study suggests that may be possible, particularly if you have good genes. "Chronic disease is not an inevitable part of aging," said Dr. Sofiya Milman, an assistant professor of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. "An extended period of good health can accompany a long life span and is an achievable goal." Milman is one of the authors of a U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded study on aging. Americans are living longer than ever. In 2014, the average life expectancy at birth had reached nearly 79 years, according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. A century earlier, it was just slightly over 54 years. But gains in "health span – the period of time that people live in good health – have not kept pace with longevity, the study ... Read more

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Brisk Walking May Help Ward Off Diabetes

Posted 20 Jul 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 – Brisk walking may be more effective than jogging in controlling blood sugar levels in people with prediabetes, a new study suggests. People with prediabetes have higher-than-normal blood sugar levels but not so high that it's full-blown diabetes. The "gold standard" approach to diabetes prevention involves weight loss, diet and exercise. "We know the benefits of lifestyle changes ... but it is difficult to get patients to do even one behavior, not to mention three," said study author Dr. William Kraus. So he and his colleagues wanted to know if exercise alone could achieve similar benefits. "When faced with the decision of trying to do weight loss, diet and exercise versus exercise alone, the study indicates you can achieve nearly 80 percent of the effect of doing all three with just a high amount of moderate-intensity exercise," said Kraus, a professor of ... Read more

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U.S. Teen Diabetes Rate Exceeds Prior Estimates

Posted 19 Jul 2016 by

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 – More American teens have diabetes or prediabetes than previously thought, and many don't know they have the blood-sugar disease, a new study finds. Nearly 1 percent of more than 2,600 teens studied had diabetes – with almost one in three cases undiagnosed, researchers found. Also, almost 20 percent of the group had prediabetes – higher than normal blood sugar levels but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. "These findings are important because diabetes in youth is associated with early onset of risk factors and complications," said lead researcher Andy Menke of Social & Scientific Systems in Silver Spring, Md. One prior study estimated the prevalence of diabetes in teens at about 0.34 percent, but the current study shows it's double that – 0.8 percent. The researchers couldn't distinguish between teens who had type 1 or type 2 diabetes. However, ... Read more

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Healthy Fats Can Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Study

Posted 19 Jul 2016 by

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 – Eating more healthy fats, like nuts, seeds and vegetable oils, while limiting animal fats and refined carbohydrates, can help prevent or control type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. The large study found these dietary changes can lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. "The world faces an epidemic of insulin resistance and diabetes. Our findings support preventing and treating these diseases by eating more fat-rich foods like walnuts, sunflower seeds, soybeans, flaxseed, fish and other vegetable oils and spreads, in place of refined grains, starches, sugars and animal fats," said study co-leader Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian. He is dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston. "This is a positive message for the public. Don't fear healthy fats," Mozaffarian said in a university news release. ... Read more

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Which Diabetes Drug Is Best?

Posted 19 Jul 2016 by

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 – No single drug to treat type 2 diabetes stands out from the pack when it comes to reducing the risks of heart disease, stroke or premature death, a new research review finds. The analysis of hundreds of clinical trials found no evidence that any one diabetes drug, or drug combination, beats out the others. Researchers said the results bolster current recommendations to first try an older, cheaper drug – metformin (Glumetza, Glucophage) – for most patients with type 2 diabetes. "There are very few things experts agree on, but this is one of them," said Dr. Kevin Pantalone, a diabetes specialist at the Cleveland Clinic and a member of the Endocrine Society. "Metformin, in the absence of contraindications or intolerability, should be the first-line agent to treat patients with type 2 diabetes," he said. Metformin can cause upset stomach and diarrhea, so some ... Read more

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9 Out of 10 Strokes Could Be Prevented, Study Finds

Posted 16 Jul 2016 by

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 – Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability but the vast majority of strokes are preventable, according to a new study. Researchers discovered that 10 controllable risk factors account for 90 percent of all strokes worldwide. Of these modifiable risk factors, high blood pressure (hypertension) is the most important. "The study confirms that hypertension is the most important modifiable risk factor in all regions, and the key target in reducing the burden of stroke globally," said study co-leader Dr. Martin O'Donnell. He is an associate clinical professor in the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and the HRB-Clinical Research Facility in Galway, Ireland. Preventing strokes is a major public health priority and strategies for reducing people's risk should be based on key preventable causes of stroke, the ... Read more

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Normal Weight May Not Protect Against Diabetes

Posted 14 Jul 2016 by

THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 – Type 2 diabetes has long been considered a disease of the overweight and obese, but a new study challenges that notion. It finds nearly one in five normal-weight people has prediabetes – a condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes. And in folks over 45, one-third of those at a healthy weight have prediabetes, the study authors reported. "Being at a healthy weight may not necessarily be healthy," said the study's lead author, Arch Mainous, a professor of health services research management and policy at the University of Florida. "We have some strong data that says we need to rethink our model of what we think is healthy. This may require a paradigm shift so that we're not just looking for diabetes in the overweight and obese," he said. People with prediabetes have higher-than-normal blood sugar levels, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Excess ... Read more

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Rising Blood Sugar Hitting More Obese Adults

Posted 14 Jul 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 – Among obese American adults, control of blood sugar is worsening, leading to more diabetes and heart disease, a new study finds. While blood pressure and cholesterol levels stayed relatively stable among obese adults, poor control of blood sugar led to a 37 percent increase in heart disease risk factors between 1988 and 2014, the researchers reported. "Obese adults with cardiovascular disease risk factors may need more intense approaches – healthy diet, increased physical activity – to control blood sugar and achieve weight loss," said lead researcher Dr. Fangjian Guo. He is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas in Galveston. After climbing over several decades, U.S. obesity rates have leveled off. Still, about 35 percent of American adults are obese, according to background notes with the study. Obesity hinders the ... Read more

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Pedal Away From Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 13 Jul 2016 by

TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 – Opting for two wheels rather than four could lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. The study found that people who bike to work or regularly cycle for fun were less likely to get the illness. That was true even for those who started biking late in life, Danish researchers said. "Because cycling can be included in everyday activities, it may be appealing to a large part of the population. This includes people who, due to lack of time, would not otherwise have the resources to engage in physical activity," said study leader Martin Rasmussen, from the University of Southern Denmark. The study included more than 50,000 Danish men and women. They were between 50 and 65 years old. The researchers found that those who biked routinely were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. And, the more time the participants spent cycling, the lower their ... Read more

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Study Suggests Type 2 Diabetes-Cancer Link

Posted 12 Jul 2016 by

MONDAY, July 11, 2016 – The risk of cancer may be higher the decade before – and three months following – a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, new research suggests. Although it's not clear why, the researchers have a theory to explain the seemingly higher risk of cancer incidence so soon after a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. "This may in part be explained by increased health care visits and screening tests following a diagnosis of diabetes," said study author Dr. Iliana Lega, of the University of Toronto. The study included more than one million adults with cancer. The researchers found that people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes were 23 percent more likely to have been diagnosed with cancer during the 10 years prior to their diabetes diagnosis than people without the blood sugar disorder. Previous studies have hinted that cancer and diabetes may share similar risk factors, Lega said. She noted ... Read more

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Global Team Taps Into DNA Behind Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 12 Jul 2016 by

MONDAY, July 11, 2016 – An international team of scientists appears to be advancing knowledge about the genetic factors contributing to type 2 diabetes. The researchers say they have also identified more than 12 genes that directly increase risk for the condition. "Our study has taken us to the most complete understanding yet of the genetic architecture of type 2 diabetes," said the study's co-senior author, Michael Boehnke. He is director of the Center for Statistical Genetics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor. "With this in-depth analysis, we have obtained a more complete picture of the number and characteristics of the genetic variants that influence type 2 diabetes risk," Boehnke said. He made his comments in a news release from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford in England, which also contributed to the study. ... Read more

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Heat Waves Are Health Threats

Posted 3 Jul 2016 by

SATURDAY, July 2, 2016 – Heat waves are more than uncomfortable, they can be deadly. That's especially true in large cities. And, seniors, children and people with chronic health problems are at higher risk for heat-related illness and death, according to Dr. Robert Glatter. He's an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Those who have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, as well as those who suffer with mental illness, may be at risk for heat-related emergencies, including heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting), heat exhaustion, as well as heat stroke," he said in a hospital news release. "Various classes of medications including beta blockers, as well as diuretics, can impair sweating – ultimately disrupting the body's ability to cool itself. Other medications including antihistamines, as well as antidepressants and sedatives, may also ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Your Blood Glucose Rises

Posted 30 Jun 2016 by

-- Blood glucose is supposed to be regulated by the pancreatic hormone insulin. But for various reasons, the process doesn't work correctly among people with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association mentions these possible causes of a blood glucose spike: Eating something that contains more carbohydrates than you normally eat. Getting insufficient exercise. Having side effects of medication. Having hormonal changes. Being sick. Being under emotional stress. Read more

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Sufficient Sleep May Help Protect Men Against Diabetes: Study

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 – Too much or too little sleep may raise the risk of diabetes in men, but not women, a study by European researchers suggests. "Even when you are healthy, sleeping too much or too little can have detrimental effects on your health. This research shows how important sleep is to a key aspect of health – glucose [sugar] metabolism," said senior study author Femke Rutters. She's with the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The study involved nearly 800 healthy adults in 14 European countries. Compared to men who slept about seven hours a night, the men who slept the most or the least were more likely to have an impaired ability to break down sugar and to have higher blood sugar levels, the research found. This put them at increased risk for diabetes, the investigators said. But compared to women who slept an average amount, the women who slept the ... Read more

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